Children's LiteratureAmong America's Special Forces perhaps no unit is more highly trained than the Navy SEALs. Forced to undergo an exhaustive training regimen, the SEALs are among the most effective Special Forces units in the world. Navy SEALs are prepared for a host of emergency situations including air-sea rescue, wilderness survival, first aid, and emergency evacuation. In this chapter of the "Elite Forces Survival Guides" series, Chris McNab delineates the basic elements of SEALs' techniques for survival at sea. Among the subjects covered are identifying dangerous wildlife, acquiring drinking water, emergency swimming techniques, and the training methods used by SEALs instructors. Throughout this illustrated book McNab pays close attention to the type of information that would benefit a reader with an interest in wilderness survival. In many ways this book reads like a guidebook for those venturing out onto the sea and requiring survival/safety tips. However, since that is probably a narrow band of potential readers, the book does appear to be paradoxical. On the one hand, it is carefully prepared and does justice to its subject matter. Conversely, there appears to be a very limited audience for a book with so particular a subject. 2003, Mason Crest Publications, Ages 10 to 14.
Greg M. Romaneck